Golden Goal by UConn Trips up No. 19 James Madison in 2OT

The Huskies struck first in the extra stanza as UConn's Jacqueline Jordan picked up a pass from teammate Lauren Kahn to give UConn the 13-12 lead with 3:28 to go. Freshman midfielder Leah Monticello (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) tied the game for the seventh time off a solo shot with 11 seconds left on the clock. Neither team was able to score again, sending the game into a golden-goal second overtime period.

Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty H.S.) tallied the loss (4-2) after allowing 14 goals and committing six saves. Shannon Nee earned the win (2-4), allowing 13 goals and committing five saves.

Tied at 8-all coming out of halftime, UConn scored the first two goals of the second stanza to go up 10-8 with 24:03 left in regular time. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) scored her second goal of the game with 22:35 on the clock to pull the Dukes within one before senior attacker Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty H.S.) tied the game at 10-10 off a pass from senior attacker Emily Rhoads (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes).

Curwin found the back of the net a minute later, but the goal was disallowed upon the stick check. She went back at Nee and scored with an assist from junior attacker Stephanie Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart), giving JMU its first lead of the second half at 11-10 with 11:27 remaining.

UConn retook the lead off two straight free-position tallies, going up 12-11, before Curwin tied the game off a free-position attempt with two seconds to go in regulation. Officials initially disallowed the goal, but a discussion concluded the game-tying goal would stand.

Eight Madison players scored in the loss, with five scoring two goals apiece. The Dukes made 24 shots with 18 on goal and scored on three of five free position opportunities.

Seven Connecticut players scored in the win, led by Katherine Finkelston with four goals on seven shots on goal. Of the Huskies, 25 shots, 20 were on goal. They scored on four of eight free position attempts and also scored on all three man-up opportunities they had.

Overall, JMU held slight advantages over Connecticut in ground balls (18-17) and draw controls (16-15). The teams pulled even with one another in turnovers (23) and caused turnovers (11).

JMU scored first with a shot into the upper right corner by Gress. Finley followed behind her with a shot into the lower left corner, giving the Dukes a 2-0 advantage in the opening five minutes. The Dukes led by as many as three points twice, with the last coming at 5-2 off a score by sophomore midfielder Jenna Mertz (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) with 13:47 left in the first half. The tally was her first of the season.

The Huskies then compiled a 6-1 run to take an 8-6 lead, their first lead of the day. The Dukes countered with two goals of their own to tie the game at 8-8 heading into halftime, the third tie of the match.

Madison continues its road swing with a trip to Rutgers on Saturday, March 15. Opening draw takes place at 1:00 p.m.

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2014-03-09



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